Any reports that Ryan Hunter-Reay‘s “Baby Borg” was a prize for a hole-in-one contest during the Racing For Cancer golf tournament Jan. 19 at Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Country Club are unfounded. A signed photo of the reigning Indianapolis 500 Mile Race winner would have been an acceptable prize to Hunter-Reay, who took delivery of the Championship Driver’s Trophy last week during the annual Automotive News World Congress in Detroit.
Hunter-Reay was pleased to report that the tournament, presented by AutoNation, DHL and FastBoats Marine Group, raised $50,000, with a $50,000 match by AutoNation. Proceeds will benefit Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Maroone Cancer Center.
“It was a huge success,” said Hunter-Reay, who will compete this weekend in the 53rd Rolex 24 At Daytona.
The total augments the $2.5 million gift that Racing For Cancer and Fort Lauderdale-based AutoNation presented to Cleveland Clinic Florida’s new cancer center in November 2014. Both groups initially gave $1 million each, and AutoNation pledged an additional $500,000 – or $1,000 for every mile Hunter-Reay completed on his road to the Indy 500 victory. The dealership group partnered with Racing For Cancer in May 2013 to fight the disease that took the life of Hunter-Reay’s mother in 2009.